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Former interior minister faces graft charge

Former interior minister faces graft charge

BANGKOK: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has found grounds to charge former interior minister Charupong Ruangsuwan with accepting gifts of excessive value.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 2 March 2022, 04:40PM


Then Pheu Thai Party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan (right) welcomes Somsak Thepsutin, who led about 10 members of the Bhumjaithai Party’s Matchimathipataya faction to apply for membership on Dec 17, 2013. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Then Pheu Thai Party leader Charupong Ruangsuwan (right) welcomes Somsak Thepsutin, who led about 10 members of the Bhumjaithai Party’s Matchimathipataya faction to apply for membership on Dec 17, 2013. Photo: Chanat Katanyu

Niwatchai Kasemmongkol, secretary-general and spokesman for the NACC, said on Monday (Feb 28) the commission resolved on Feb 2 that Mr Charupong had violated Section 103 of the anti-corruption law when he demanded a private firm pay for airline tickets with combined value of almost B60,000.

According to the NACC’s findings, the air tickets were for trips to China in 2012 and to Malaysia in 2013 and paid for by East Water Resources Development and Development Plc, reports the Bangkok Post.

Since there was no connection between Charupong and the firm in question, the air tickets were deemed as gifts under the anti-corruption law which prohibits state officials from receiving goods or services worth more than B3,000.

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Mr Niwatchai said the case against Charupong has now been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) with the recommendation that he be indicted.

The offence is punishable by fine of B30,000, a three-year jail term or both.

Charupong was the interior minister and the Pheu Thai Party leader from 2012 to 2014.

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Capricornball | 03 March 2022 - 13:09:22

I think this is another example of "the pot calling the kettle black". Punishment for being in a political party that is not aligned with the existing regime. Free thought and expression is just not allowed. Oh well...I think they are all self-serving and corrupt anyway.

Fascinated | 03 March 2022 - 09:43:12

No 'visible connection' would probably be more appropriate- no one gets something for nothing. I'm sure that avenue will not be vigorously pursued. 

Kurt | 03 March 2022 - 02:40:40

The way Thai politicians neutralize their political opponents. Present 'rulers' know what is waiting them after they step down. It can take  a few years, but it will come. This is Thailand. Hatred and unforgiveness with a smile.

 

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